KINGSVILLE (TAMUK) – Texas A&M University-Kingsville has chosen Michael Madrid as its next women’s basketball coach, pending approval from the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents. Madrid, who has extensive coaching experience at every level of collegiate basketball and was most recently the Associate Head Coach at UTEP, will be formally introduced at a press conference on Thursday, May 30.
Open to the public, the press conference to introduce Madrid is scheduled for 10 a.m. at McCulley Hall on campus. Those unable to attend in person will be able to watch a recorded version on the Javelina Athletics YouTube Channel.
“I am thrilled to announce Michael as the next head coach of Javelina women’s basketball,” said Executive Director of Athletics and Campus Recreation Steve Roach. “He has an outstanding basketball mind, and more importantly, he is focused on the student-athlete experience, their overall development and their well-being.
“Michael brings a diverse background, having coached at all levels, and I am confident he will take Javelina women’s basketball to the next level.”
“I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to be the women’s basketball coach at Texas A&M-Kingsville,” said Madrid. “I would like to thank University President Dr. [Mark] Hussey, Executive Director of Athletics and Campus Recreation Steve Roach and the entire search committee for the opportunity to join the Javelina family.
“When I stepped on campus, I felt a strong, positive culture of togetherness from the leadership team as well as a sense of community within the campus itself. I feel TAMUK will provide a platform to be successful academically and athletically, and I am excited to recruit, retain and graduate young women of high character and work ethic. This will be a program TAMUK and the community of Kingsville will be proud of year after year.”
Madrid’s tenure as a basketball coach stretches back 20 years between the states of Texas and New Mexico. His first foray into the collegiate ranks came in July 2005 when he was brought on as an Assistant Coach at Lubbock Christian where he helped guide the Lady Chaps to five straight NAIA National Tournament appearances, twice reaching the Elite Eight and once making it to the National Championship in 2006.
While on the bench for LCU, Madrid helped cement the program as one of the premier destinations in the NAIA as the Lady Chaps were continually ranked in the top 25 poll and carried a No. 6 ranking during the 2006-07 season. In total, Lubbock Christian owned a record of 120-48 with Madrid on staff and reached 23 wins in four of his five seasons on the bench.
Following his time in Lubbock, Madrid went to Denton, Texas, as Assistant Coach for Lone Star Conference member Texas Women’s in 2010 as the Pioneers were the 2011 LSC Champions in his first year on the bench and ended up in the NCAA South Central Regional Championship.
Madrid’s first time at the helm of a program came in 2013 when he was brought on as the Head Coach for Paris Junior College where he made the 2014 Region XIV Tournament after finishing fourth in the conference his first season with a 16-15 record.
His next stop came at San Jacinto College North starting in 2015 and Madrid made an immediate impact in just two years. San Jacinto owned an overall mark of 22-11 with a 13-7 record in Region XIV where the program finished fourth in conference and closed the year as the runner-up in the league tournament in his first season.
The 2016-17 season was the best in program history at San Jac with a 24-9 overall record and a No. 20 national ranking in the NJCAA. The program finished as runner-up in the in the Region XIV Conference Tournament, first time in school history, and a first-ever NJCAA National Tournament appearance.
For his efforts following the 2016-17 campaign, Madrid was named the Region XIV Coach of the Year.
Following his two years at San Jac, Madrid ended up at his most recent position at UTEP in 2017 as the Assistant Coach before being promoted to Associate Head Coach ahead of the 2018-19 season. He helped head coach Kevin Baker obtain the most wins (26) by any Miner coach through their first two years in program history, including establishing the school record for victories (17) in a debut season in 2017-18.
Madrid earned a bachelor’s degree in special education from Eastern New Mexico in 1998 before receiving his master’s degree in sports administration in 2001. He also holds a master’s degree in education administration from Lubbock Christian. Madrid and his wife, Sammie, have a daughter (Ryan).